Regional Super50 2017, Group A February 6, 2017

Leeward Islands, T&T move closer to semis with wins

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Highlights: Gabriel five-for sees Trinidad & Tobago past Windward Islands

Leeward Islands moved a step closer to clinching a spot in the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 with an eight-wicket win over West Indies Under-19 at North Sound on Monday. West Indies Under-19 were bowled out for 78 in 45.3 overs, 20 of which were maidens, after being sent in before Montcin Hodge and Jahmar Hamilton's unbeaten 72-run third-wicket stand clinched victory with one ball left in the 17th over.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein did most of the damage with the ball for Leewards, finishing with figures of 4 for 8 in ten overs with five maidens. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph plucked out the first two wickets, getting Shian Brathwaite and Emmanuel Stewart caught behind to make it 13 for 2. Hosein then ripped through the middle order to claim the next four wickets to make it 34 for 6. Captain Kirstan Kallicharan accounted for nearly half of West Indies Under-19's runs, scoring 33 at No. 6 before he was ninth out to left-arm spinner Jason Campbell with the score on 78 and Campbell cleaned up the tail for the last wicket with nothing added to the total.

Monday's results meant that West Indies Under-19 are the first team eliminated from semi-finals contention in either group. Leewards can clinch a semi-finals spot with a win in either of their final two group games against Trinidad & Tobago or Windward Islands. They can also qualify if Kent lose any of its final three group games against Trinidad & Tobago, Windward Islands or West Indies Under-19.

Trinidad & Tobago created an eight-point cushion over Kent for second place on the Group A table with a 32-run win over Windward Islands at Coolidge. Despite a 104-run opening stand between Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope, Windwards held T & T to 214 after sending them in, but could only manage 182 in reply.

Lewis propelled T&T early by dominating the opening stand with Hope, scoring 75 off 69 balls with 11 boundaries. Hope (29) and Nicholas Alexis (46) combined for another 75 as the top three accounted for the bulk of T&T's total. Denesh Ramdin was the only other batsman to reach double-figures, making 22 before he was dismissed by Kesrick Williams at the end of the 43rd over to make it 180 for 4. His wicket sparked a rapid collapse as T&T lost their last seven wickets for just 34 runs and they couldn't last all 50 overs, bowled out in 47.5 as Williams, Shane Shillingford and Kavem Hodge took three wickets apiece.

Man of the Match Shannon Gabriel helped pin down Windwards' reply, taking two wickets with the new ball while Rayad Emrit and Khary Pierre struck once each in the space of three balls to make it 43 for 4 in the 15th over. Sunil Ambris resuscitated the chase, continuing his superb tournament with his fifth half-century in six matches. Ambris added 58 with Hodge (27) and another 50 with captain Liam Sebastien.

Gabriel though struck a controversial blow two balls into the 41st, claiming Sebastien leg-before, playing back to a good length ball which replays showed had pitched six inches outside leg stump to the left-handed Sebastien with Gabriel bowling over the wicket. With the tail exposed, Gabriel and Ravi Rampaul brought a swift end to play. Kyle Mayers fished an edge-behind off Rampaul for the seventh wicket before a pair of catches on the boundary by Alexis put T&T one away from victory which Gabriel sealed by bowling Williams with a full and straight ball two deliveries into the 47th, leaving Ambris stranded on 75. Gabriel's 5 for 33 was his maiden five-for in List A cricket and he did it in just 50 balls delivered.

A win for Trinidad & Tobago over Kent in their next match would clinch semi-final spots for both T & T and Leewards. Windwards are still mathematically alive, but need a pair of bonus point wins over Leeward Islands and Kent in their final two games, combined with three losses by Trinidad & Tobago and another Kent loss to West Indies Under-19.

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  • kbisso0878803 on February 9, 2017, 3:29 GMT

    Y hasn't Imran Khan ever played international cricket? Wasted talent.

  • Michael on February 8, 2017, 15:23 GMT

    @ WNHS....just name them.Makes no sense in saying that,If you can't consider these Barath,Lincoln Roberts,Ragonauth , Phil Simmons , Daryl Browne,Navin Stewart. Over to you WHNS.

  • jarrel0723030 on February 8, 2017, 12:04 GMT

    TONOBWOY my sentiments exactly. Every game so far in the competition I look at Kyle Hope and can think of at least 5 opening batsmen who should have been in his place. A lot of the times I can't wait for him to get out because he is way too slow, lacks technique and at the end of it all, makes no runs.

  • M on February 8, 2017, 4:37 GMT

    @Metman: Ok, so you're implying that is was intentional. Why would that be? As you said, Nagico is no longer the sponsor, so "results for their money" doesn't apply anymore. What's the point you're trying to get to?

  • megama3812918 on February 8, 2017, 0:36 GMT

    What is the purpose of wi19 in competition, what hav they really learnt, if u ask me jus damaging their confidents. WWI need to learn from leewards and refresh their team, yes where is pope and $ammy!!!

  • ahadd on February 7, 2017, 19:34 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Kyle Hope is picked to play ODI cricket? He has the temperament for 4-day cricket but he lacks the shots and technique for one day cricket. 29 from 92 balls is not what is required in ODIs. There must be a Trini player who can play better than that.

  • Michael on February 7, 2017, 19:17 GMT

    @Trinimon.....what are you telling yourself ?...big man ,a blind man on a trotting horse riding backwards at the stroke of midnight CAN SEE that the Trinidad group is the WEAKER of the two,...c'mon man....and how do you know it was NOT intentional ?? Name a ONE DAY competition when one group had THREE. of the ESTABLISHED 4 and the other ONE. Furthermore if Barbados was placed in a group WITHOUT either Jamaica,Trinidad or Guyana all hell would have broken loose in the WI.You go on to say CORRECTLY that usually the BIG 4 is split into groups,so what happened this year ? are you telling me that Kent is better than Jamaica and that Jamaica is rank with WWI ? You say that Kent has under performed ??? but Jamaica and Guyana have performed .How do you rank teams mate ? Two from the Big 4 in each group, one ,Wind in the other...U19 in one group,ICCAmericas in the other ..and Kent in one and CCC in the other. Two BALANCED GROUPS....not Bdos,Jam and Guy in one and TnT alone in the other.

  • M on February 7, 2017, 17:26 GMT

    @Metman: "Look at the group Trinidad was placed in" Are you talking about the 2017 Super 50? Are you saying that we were placed in an easy group? Maybe we got the easier one, but it wasn't intentional. The big 4, as you call it, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica are usually split into 2 separate groups, but this tournament, with Kent in the mix, I'd say that they would put up a better fight than Jamaica can (they underperformed, but that wasn't expected). So Jamaica is among the rank of WWI, so those 2 got split. Then the lowest 4, LWI, WIU19, CCC, and ICCAM are the last 4 to be split. Surprisingly, LWI is among the top performers, so the groups are pretty much even. Kent has underperformed, which makes Group A seem like the easier one, but on paper, they're equal. Nagico "wants returns for their money", but if you are referring to 2017, you yourself said that Nagico isn't a sponsor anymore, so what they want is irrelevant. So I have no idea what point you're trying to make.

  •   Amir Khan on February 7, 2017, 15:46 GMT

    Why all the hate for Trinis and Barbados? No matter if you stack the team with players from both countries we would still lose.....Fans need to stop this insularity and start pressing for the WICB to get their acts together and get the tournaments to be more competitive.

  • Michael on February 7, 2017, 14:58 GMT

    @WNHS.......and how many expatriates did Trinidad recruit in order to beat Bdos last year ? Bdos didn't need ANY HELP to beat all ya during that first edition.,and I don't need any help as long as I can PRODUCE FACTS....learn sense man !

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